Ropley Horticultural Society


Summer 2019

Thank you all for your wonderful support for our Plant Sale!  We made just over £900 which means that our subscriptions can remain at £10 for longer and we can afford to book slightly more expensive speakers for 2020.  It was a very successful day and great to see so many of you and the village supporting us.  Even the weather was kind and the rain just about kept off!

Our next event is our Summer Party on Monday 24th June to be held at 6.30 pm at Tichborne Park, Alresford when we will walk around an easily accessible, truly beautiful garden after a glass of wine or a soft drink and refreshments.  If you haven’t put your name down already and would like to come (it costs £10 per person) please let Rem Moser know Tel: 01420 588579.  Directions are as  follows:

From Alresford turn left at the bottom of West Street onto the B 3046.
Go past the golf club on your left.
Past Alresford show ground on your right.
The entrance to Tichborne House is immediately on your right on a right hand bend. It will be signed with balloons.
It is accessed by an automatic wooden gate with a surrounding picket fence.
At the end of the lime tree drive car parking will be signed.

Let’s hope for a fine evening for what I am sure will be a lovely visit.

Our next event in the Ropley Sports Pavilion will be our members meeting on Monday 29th July at 7.45pm when Marina Christopher is coming to talk to us about Late Summer Borders.  As many of you know, Marina runs Phoenix Perennial Plants in Medstead and has an excellent reputation as a plants-woman.  Apart from her fund of knowledge she will be bringing plants for sale and other gardening sundries. 

At this meeting we will also be holding our Sweet Pea Competition.  Just bring three stems of annual sweet peas (not everlasting ones) in your own vase and put your name face down on the piece of paper provided.  The winner will be awarded our Sweet Pea Cup!

We will also be having our Flower of the Month competition so please, if you can manage it, bring flowers for both!

Jenny and Sheila, the two ladies who have been making tea and coffee at our meetings for so many years, would like to take a break and I would be very grateful if one, two or more of you would be willing to take over from them.  It’s probably a good idea to have more than one person so holidays and illness is covered not to mention that sharing a job is always much more fun than doing it on your own.  Having a rota would be a good idea so the job is shared between several people.  Our members always seem to enjoy finishing the meeting chatting over a cup of tea or coffee and I do hope we can find some willing helpers to keep this very social way to end our meetings.

Our Summer Show on 17th August is not far away so please look through the Show Programme listing and see what you might be able to enter.  I hope your Challenge Geraniums are all growing well and that they will make a wonderful show in August!   I know a lot will depend on weather conditions and how plants grow in the garden but there are lots of different things to enter which are not affected by the weather such as floral art, cookery, craft and photography.  Also please encourage your grandchildren to make and decorate some biscuits or to make an item of fabric, string, wood and/or metal.  There are two classes in each category, one for the under 7s and the other for 7-11 years.  There are certificates and prize money for the winners!  It is always a much enjoyed afternoon rounded off with a welcome cup of tea or coffee with a piece of home-made cake.

We have our outing to West Dene Gardens in Sussex on Monday 30th September.  We will be leaving the Parish Hall at 9.30am by coach and returning there at 4.30pm.  There will be a board going round at our July meeting when you can put your name down for this outing.  If you can’t come to the July meeting, and would like to go on this visit, please contact Patricia (01962 773419) or myself (01962 772425.

West Dene

The restoration of the garden to get it to its current state began after the storm of 1987. Since then, Gardens Manager Jim Buckland and Gardens Supervisor Sarah Wain have carried out a bold re-development programme designed to bring the nineteenth century gardens into the twenty-first century. Tom Brown has joined West Dean Gardens as the new Head Gardener. He comes from nearby Parham House, where he became Head Gardener in 2010. Prior to that, he worked at RHS Wisley Gardens for 10 years, latterly running the plant and vegetable trials.  The gardens at West Dene are beautiful and the restoration of the glasshouses is quite amazing so we are sure you will thoroughly enjoy your visit.

With the sudden blip in the weather may all your barrels be full ones and I hope you will enjoy your gardens for the rest of the Summer!